India vs England 2nd ODI Preview: With forced team changes, battle of contrasting white-ball approaches enters Round 2
While Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav are expected to join the Indian playing XI in place of Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer, Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan are set to replace Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings.
Contrasting ODI approaches from India and England
The contrast in the methods of the two teams was quite stark in the series opener. The Indian opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 64 runs from 15 overs and set up a platform for India's middle order to exploit, which KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya were able to do successfully with explosive half-centuries towards the end to take India's total well past 300.
On the other hand, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow smashed 135 runs from just 14 overs, and all but killed the chase. However, England's insistence to continue at the same pace meant that they suffered a massive collapse and lost all their 10 wickets within 116 runs.
One thing is for sure though that neither team will change the approach that has brought them rich dividends over the last few years.
The Kuldeep, Moeen parallel
Moeen Ali had played just one international match in the entire English winter - the second test match of the four-match series against India in Chennai - before the last ODI. Likewise, Kuldeep Yadav featured in just one match in the entire season - the third test match against England in Ahmedabad.
Both the spinners were handed opportunities in the first ODI, but failed to impress. Moeen Ali went for 28 runs from his three overs and was not brought back into the attack. He did look good for his 30 off 37 deliveries while batting at number 7 but could not turn it into anything substantial.
Kuldeep Yadav, on the other hand, conceded 68 runs from his nine overs and was the most expensive bowler on show for India. More than the numbers, his accuracy, middle-leg stump line and the way the England batters played him comfortably would not give the bowler and the Indian team management a lot of confidence.
Whether both teams decide to give the spinners another opportunity or replace them depends on whether or not they are part of the teams' plans in the long run.
India can bring in Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Kuldeep Yadav while England can bring in Matt Parkinson in place of Moeen Ali. As things stand, both teams are expected to give their spinners one more opportunity before they decide to take the final call.
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Surya, Pant set to play
Quite early on in the first match, a seriously quick ball from Mark Wood struck Rohit Sharma on the elbow. He was visibly in pain and was strapped for the remainder of the innings. Perhaps the blow had something to do with Sharma chasing a wide one from Ben Stokes and getting dismissed for 28 off 42 deliveries.
In the second half, Shreyas Iyer landed on his left shoulder after stopping a certain boundary from Jonny Bairstow and slightly dislocated his shoulder. Iyer was taken for scans and has been ruled out of the ODI series.
India do not have to fret over these injuries as they have capable backups in the squad. KL Rahul is likely to move up the order alongside Shikhar Dhawan, with Rishabh Pant sliding in the middle order as a wicketkeeper batsman or a specialist batsman. For Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, who impressed in the T20Is, is a like for like replacement.
Livingstone to make ODI debut
For England, Sam Billings suffered an injury similar to that of Iyer while trying to stop a boundary and sprained his collarbone. Thankfully, the injury had nothing to do with the shoulder injury which kept Billings out of the 2019 ODI World Cup, but there are question marks over him being fit enough in time for the second ODI.
England captain Eoin Morgan split his webbing while fielding and while he can still hold a bat, it makes little sense for him to risk it. Liam Livingstone is all set to make his ODI debut in place of Morgan. If Billings does not pull up well, Dawid Malan, who is part of the reserves, is likely to be added to the squad and make the cut straight away.
Here are the probable playing XIs:
India - KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
England - Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler(c & wk), Sam Billings/Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
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